The activities of a research assistant vary according to the type of research being conducted and the current needs of the lab. Your responsibilities should be discussed with the lab prior to enrollment. Examples of tasks UGRAs have completed in the past include:
Most students arrange to earn academic credit for assisting in the research lab of a faculty member (PSY 4993/5993). The academic component of the experience most often includes reading articles and writing a five-page APA format paper in addition to standard lab tasks. You are required to spend a minimum of 45 hours per term for each credit you earn. In a full academic term, this is typically three hours of work per week throughout the semester for each course credit earned (e.g. 3 credits = 9 hours/week). Summer session is about half as long as Fall/Spring term, and requires a condensed workload.
Some faculty mentors may allow students to integrate service-learning experiences with standard PSY 4993/5993 tasks. This opportunity provides a chance for students to apply their on-site experiences in the community to what they are learning in lab. You may ask faculty mentors if this is an option they provide.
Registration for PSY 4993/5993 is done on a contractual basis and requires additional permission to the standard registration system. To arrange and become enrolled in PSY 4993/5993, you must follow these necessary steps.
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